It was emotional for many of us to see the original Dream Playground disappear, but demo day was also an exciting milestone in the new build process. The heros in the process were a few local companies who generously donated their services either in whole or in part. We couldn't have done it without them!
First on the scene were 2 Grade and Bruch and Bruch Construction, Inc, who demoed and removed the old playground elements.
After Clark Land Office performed surveying services, Sitkum Tree Service arrived to do tens of thousands of dollars worth of tree abatement. Our community had mixed feelings about losing some of the trees around the playground, but their removal was crucial to the safety of the playground and the increased visibility that had been requested and incorporated into the design.
Members of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe harvested large amounts of cedar bark from the felled trees before Hermann Brothers Logging & Construction removed the trunks from the site.
RJ Services hauled away 100 or more cubic yards of old wood fiber ground cover. This type of ground cover, though common in past decades, has been surpassed by a variety of safer and cleaner options, including the one we'll be using: Playground Grass by Forever Lawn. This ADA compliant ground cover is safer, cleaner, longer lasting, and provides greater microbial protection than other options.
We also owe a huge thanks to the Kiwanis Club for providing site monitoring and for helping to arrange for the wood fiber ground cover to be hauled away. They will coordinate turning all the salvage wood into firewood sales that benefit Camp Beausite.
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